Originally Posted by beyond
Uh, realize you don't want to deviate from your strongly held desire for the SC, but a couple of ideas to think about:
1) As you must know if you raced 15 years ago, there's not a strong relationship between a company's racing products and their recreational products. Maybe a slight family resemblance in snowfeel, but that's about it. So the fact that you know and like Volkls is great, they're fine skis, but it doesn't guarantee you'll like their rec racers. FWIW, their racing skis tend to be fairly flexy, relatively to others like Head or Atomic or the stiff flex Fischers, something along the lines of Rossignols, Dynastars, or the M flex Fischers, and their dampness falls sort of between those two. They're popular among younger racers, not so much after middle teens. YMMV, obviously.
2) You don't specify what type of racing you want to return to. Nastar will reward a more GS-ish type of carver like a GSR/RC/whatever the particular company wishes to call it. Cross skis like the Stockli SX, Kastle RX, or Blizzard R-Power also work well for this. Masters will have separate SL and GS courses, I wouldn't want to try a Masters SL course on a soft rec SL...Hard enough on an icy day to make the gates with a flat out FIS WC. But then, if I were returning to that show at 66 years young, I'd start with GS. Doesn't penalize us for slow reflexes as much. Beer leagues and club leagues tend to have courses that are a bit on the SL-ish side, but they can vary a lot from hill to hill. There, a detuned SL might work well, but a cheater GS or hybrid would be more fun and faster IMO. In general, as you know, you want the longest and highest radius ski you can handle in the course; it'll run faster.
3) All the major companies make nice rec racer SL skis. Suggest you take a look at what's out there on fleabay, or look at race shops like Ski Depot that also stock fair number of rec racers. Don't limit yourself to a specific model that might end up being underwhelming. Personally, if you like/liked Volkl, you will love Blizzard. Which has been called "Volkl Done Right" for good reason.
4) For rec skiing, you can certainly cook along on a SL, but it will ask a lot of you in terms of balance and stacking. A good hybrid SL/GS will actually feel more planted, and get to about the same speeds without all the fore-aft drama or turn-turn-turn thing. Also safer; if you're doing 18 m turns down an icy Midwestern black on a 13 m ski, you're asking for chatter, wayward edges, and adventures with your ACL.
Good luck with your quest, anyway.